i think this is my third iteration of this journal. ill try and keep it short and sweet so you can get back to whatever it is you are doing.
…oh and to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, YOU ARE ALL FUCKING AWESOME!
starting out commissions again was a bit of a challenge. i noticed the long break did weary my skills and i had to force myself to gain a sense of workmanship, but it paid off. it forced me to look further into what i do and what else i could learn. i had to learn the airbrush and that in turn was a high risk / high reward seeing that i had to sacrifice a lot to do so, but the earnings were bigger and they flowed in much more quickly. it was the experience which lead me to love minis painting. i met new people, understood more techniques, and found a new miniatures shop to pick brains. it was a good year. business is still up and down with some dings here and there. Im ready to work again come late Feb! Sadly 2014 might be my last year of being a miniatures painter and slowing down a bit for more real world work, it doesn't mean ill stop period, its a hobby i grew up with and one i intend to keep. one more month of not smelling zip kicker and loctite!
-PINUPS, the Hard Way:
2013 was a strange year of change, especially since it is the year of the snake. i had taken a hard look into my art of 2012 and hated it apparently. i felt i was going through the motions and apart of me still does in 2013. i had earned some new equipment to use for the art, which is inspiring cause the work can be pushed much faster. I do hope in the future i can bring something different to the dA table. in the mean time, its preparation work for Glamourcon 2014 and i intend to make it for their August show. time to get to work. I also made entree into the Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan. Only one piece made it, Busty Dusty. I will not be at the show cause i cant afford to go, but if you make it down there, be sure to take a look at it. i just wished commissions were not taking up alot of pinup time.
-Working with a Porn Star:…WORST IDEA EVER:
2013 was full of ups when it came to art overall, and working with others is part of the process, but this was one of the most unprofessional and useless days of my LIFE! i know what you are thinking, "…but Matt…you draw and paint porn stars, how could this be?" Working with one in the flesh seems like a good idea, truthfully its not. This is why being professional and keeping your emails tight knit and precise is important as an artist. Before working with this porn star i had contacted others who gave me a clear "No", which is fine, but then there were those who gave me a "yes", agreed to work on my terms as stated in the emails, and then tried to 180 me and making up conversations we never had, putting words in my mouth, even going as far as dropping a modeling fee on me for agreeing to work for free. Thats not really smart cause, well….i still have those emails. Unfortunately this happened during the shoot (this person wont get any of the art until what was on the email is finished and complete, BE PROFESSIONAL, you agreed to it, FINISH):
-even though we finished the shoot, there was a 180 and flaking on what the email had stated.
-unprofessional conduct: talking about drug usage (pretty much the whole day, and being too proud of it) and being on her phone doesn't really put up a good image. please don't hire drug addicts my friends, just don't. seriously, DONT!
-lots of excuses
-yelled at me in a tirade about how she should be hired cause she is famous and calling everyone else ugly as well as telling me she doesn't talk shit about anyone…yup! 30 minute tirade. heed in mind, this tirade came out of nowhere!
-seriously…YOU DIDNT FLUSH MY TOILET WHEN YOU LEFT MY PLACE?! at least give me some respect. why is hygiene so hard for people? i love Lysol!
-did i get my photos for future art?: yes i did
-will i work with a porn star ever again?: PAY ME
Welcome to the Hospital, AGAIN:
yeah there has to be the other side of the year of the Snake and it was bad luck, timing, and just bad health. i think i made more trips to the Hospital bringing family there than i would like to think. sacrificing the time is not bad cause it shows you care, but to hear another family member think its a joke is pretty disturbing and disgusting. the last trip i had to make was two days before my birthday and once again, to hear "she's joking" really brought home the fact i actually care more about human life and humanity than the rest of the people im related to. some people, are dicks. i might be an asshole, but i aint heartless. im still an asshole though.
Really, i mean…REALLY: Two close near death car accidents in one day.
-Morning: bringing my aunt to her phone service reloading, car speeds into the narrow two way drive in, head on collision avoided.
-Afternoon: bought lunch for the aunt. black escalade swerving away from cyclist on wrong side of road when im making a right handed turn, cyclist flips me off before i stop at the turn, police behind me don't help.
-People in Concord SUCK ASS at driving.
I LOVE ME some Warframe, but i NEED teammates or at least a weekend team to rumble with on the PS4. Im running a bought Nyx right now and am a pretty good support Mage. I got a Saryn 30 who is built like a tank too.
ASK ME 100:
finally, if you remember i posted a 100 things to know about me journal a long time ago. this time i want to do the same but involve the community here who have been watching my page. for the new year i would like to culminate 100 questions from my watchers and answer them to the best of my ability. You can ask me almost anything: art, life, videogames, commissions, women. Just ask. there are gonna be questions i might not be able to pick if its too personal or if there are just close duplicates from another PM. i would like to answer these inquiries with at least a rapid fire "yes or no" or a short paragraph.
Here's what ya do:
-im giving a week and a half starting this New Years Day
-NOTE me only (1) question, make it simple and unique
-ill take the 100 and lay em out and answer them. then post them near the end of the month or maybe sooner